Peter Barakan

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Peter Barakan
Born (1951-08-20) 20 August 1951 (age 69)
London, England
OccupationBroadcaster, author, music critic
SubjectMusic, Japanese culture

Peter Barakan is an English-born DJ and broadcaster in Japan, the host of "Barakan Beat" on InterFM[1][2] and "Weekend Sunshine" on NHK FM.[3] He also hosts the series Begin Japanology and Japanology Plus on NHK World, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture.[4]


Peter Barakan was born and raised in London by an Anglo-Burmese mother and a Jewish father of Polish ancestry. After attending SOAS, University of London, Barakan entered the music industry as a clerk and in 1974 moved to Japan to continue his career. He wrote lyrics and handled international marketing for the Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra.[1] His younger brother is musician Shane Fontayne.[5]

He hosted the TBS program CBS Document beginning in October 1988,[1] a Japanese edition of 60 Minutes.[6] He hosted the 3-hour Barakan Morning on InterFM radio as late as 2011.[7][8] During the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Barakan was prevented from playing a nuclear protest song, because it could "'create fuhyo higai, which means 'damage from rumors.'"[9] In 2012, Barakan led a U.N. sponsored multi-city mayoral panel discussion on community rebuilding following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[10] He has an avid following on popular video-sharing websites.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Matsutani, Minoru (17 February 2009). "Job taken on a whim leads to 35 years in Tokyo". The Japan Times Online.
  2. ^ "Barakan Beat". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ "番組情報". NHK-FM. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ "BEGIN Japanology". NHK World TV. 7 September 2012. Archived from the original on 27 February 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Peter Barakan on". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  6. ^ Betros, Chris. "IN PERSON - Voice of reason". Metropolis Tokyo: Issue 528. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Barakan Morning". InterFM 76.1 FM. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Are You Ready to Stage a Media Coup?". Media Techtonics. 13 August 2010.
  9. ^ Grunebaum, Dan (1 July 2011). "Japan's new wave of protest songs ; YouTube is the medium when artists speak out against nuclear power". International Herald Tribune (HighBeam Research). Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  10. ^ "City Leaders discuss Tohoku's future after tsunami". U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) (HighBeam Research). States News Service. 24 May 2012. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  11. ^ "experienced broadcaster peter barakan - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-12-30.

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